Charging the Jabra Solemate when planning a trip to Portugal

The Wiki Connections page showing how to charge your Jabra Solemate with a Portuguese power outlet using Type B micro USB connector with a Type C Europlug power adapter and charging the Jabra Solemate using a Schuko Type F power charger.

Portuguese power outlet

When packing for a trip to Portugal it can be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge all your vital gadgets when you're there. But by not knowing which wall socket is being used in Portugal you may end up either weighing yourself down with too many adaptors or bring the wrong power charger, meaning having to purchase a potentially expensive charger when you need to recharge which might not be compatible and cause problems with your Jabra Solemate. Complicated combinations of voltages and sockets can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of standards being used in the world this article tells you exactly what to buy in advance to power your Jabra Solemate . This guide has been written to stop you having to worry if you'll be able to charge the Jabra Solemate when you are going abroad.The following guide tells you exactly what you'll need to power your Jabra Solemate when travelling to Portugal using the types F or C 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please note Type F power outlets will be used by a majority of Portuguese. You will discover that power supplies are different depending on which country you are in therefore we recommend reading the World power supplies page for a complete list of regions and countries. When travelling to Portugal from a different country please check the Jabra Solemate can be used with a 240 volt supply. If your Jabra Solemate was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check that the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional voltage converter to stop the device from being damaged when charging it. If you plan to stay in a destination such as Lisbon read the Portugal Wikipedia page [1] for further details.

Ensure you have download version 1.34 or greater of the latest Jabra Solemate firmware from the official Jabra Solemate support site [2]. After you have set up the speaker you can turn off the default 'Solemate is connected' announcements by holding down the Volume down button when turning on the Jabra Solemate until you hear 'Sound prompts off'.

Charging the Jabra Solemate in Portugal

Can you use the Jabra Solemate in Portugal?

You can connect the Jabra Solemate to a Portuguese power outlet.

What is the best travel charger for recharging the Jabra Solemate in Portugal?

If you are travelling with more than your Jabra Solemate or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for Portugal is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Portuguese use two different types of power outlets (types F and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of Jabra Solemate is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you'll benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power chargers, and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual power adapters for your Portuguese trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being suitable for charging your Jabra Solemate at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Portugal we suggest searching for a flexible power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Portugal

The 4 port USB travel charger [8] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the Jabra Solemate, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unstable power supplies. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Portugal and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Portugal.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it suitable for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Portugal.
What is the best travel charger for recharging the Jabra Solemate in Portugal?

Charging the Jabra Solemate from a Portuguese power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Learn how to recharge the Jabra Solemate from a Portuguese power outlet with USB Micro type B cord with a Europlug Type C power charger.

  1. If you want to power your Jabra Solemate from a Portuguese power outlet you'll need a Type C USB power adapter [4] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Insert the Type C USB power adapter into the Portuguese power outlet. You can identify this power supply by the two holes adjacent to each other.
  3. Connect one end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the USB power adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate. The USB charging port can be located on the right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Turn on the Portuguese power outlet.
  5. The battery indicator on the Jabra Solemate will glow red when low, yellow when half full and green when fully charged. Typically the battery will take 2.5 hours to completely charge although this may take longer if you use the Jabra Solemate during the charging process.
Charging the Jabra Solemate from a Portuguese power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Charging the Jabra Solemate from a Portuguese power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

Using USB Micro type B connector with a three pin Schuko Type F USB charger to charge your Jabra Solemate with a Portuguese power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your Jabra Solemate using the Portuguese power outlet you will need to buy a Type F USB power adapter [7] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [5].
  2. Plug the Type F USB power adapter into the wall supply. The circular wall outlet (sometimes called the Type F power outlet [6]) can be recognised by the two circular adjacent holes where the plug outlet pins sit along with thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the mains power charger and the other end into the USB charging port on the Jabra Solemate. The USB charging port can be found to the right of the speaker below the line in port.
  4. Switch on the Portuguese power outlet.
  5. The battery indicator on the Jabra Solemate will glow red when low, yellow when half full and green when fully charged. Typically the battery will take 2.5 hours to completely charge although this may take longer if you use the Jabra Solemate whilst charging.
Charging the Jabra Solemate from a Portuguese power outlet by using a two pinned Schuko Type F USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portugal - Portugal Wikipedia page
  2. http://www.jabra.co.uk/supportpages/jabra-solemate#/#100-97100000-60 - official Jabra Solemate support site
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  4. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  5. USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable - Used to connect USB devices which have a USB Mini-B port to computers, power supplies and other devices
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeF.htm - Type F power outlet
  7. Type F USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type F mains power outlet
  8. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters